Alberta Barley

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IMPROVING YIELD AND SUSTAINABILITY OF FEED AND FODDER BARLEY THROUGH TARGETED RESEARCH IN NUTRIENT AND WATER USE EFFICIENCY

Project Lead: 
Yadeta Kabeta

Timeline: Beginning in early 2017

Project summary:
The competitiveness of Alberta’s crop sector is key to long-term success. There is increasing consumer demand for more sustainable production practices, a more efficient use of energy and water, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This project is aimed at developing barley varieties with enhanced nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and water use efficiency (WUE), and presents the opportunity for barley farmers to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of their farm.

Benefits for farmers:
The improvement of nitrogen and water use efficiency in crops will reduce input costs for farmers, decrease the negative impact of excessive N on the environment, and improve resilience under drought stress, all while maintaining a high grain yield with superior agronomics.